About August 17

August 17, 2022 is the 229th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 158 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 17

  • 1807
    Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
  • 1908
    Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris.
  • 1914
    World War I: Battle of Stalluponen – The German army of General Hermann von François defeats the Russian force commanded by Pavel Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.
  • 1915
    A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas with winds at 135 mph.
  • 1918
    Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Royal Air Force begins Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow strategic bombing campaign against Germany’s V-weapon programme.
  • 1943
    World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission.
  • 1943
    World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
  • 1945
    Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
  • 1947
    The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.
  • 1950
    Hill 303 massacre: American POWs were massacred by North Korean Army.
  • 1953
    Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 1959
    Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.
  • 1969
    Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage.
  • 1970
    Venera Program: Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).
  • 1982
    The first Compact Discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany.
  • 2004
    The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
  • 2005
    Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh
  • 2005
    The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • 2008
    American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.

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